Anonymous “Send in the Clowns” hit piece outrages public.

Mayor Allevato’s desperation to hold on to a $360/mo job was in plain view with the latest “Send in the Clowns” mailer.  This week’s $5,000 bit-o-glossy-propaganda marks a new low for the Allevato machine as they anonymously mock, demean and marginalize citizens seeking legitimate political redress from a non-responsive government.   

Frankly as one of the “RECALL buffoon”  working earnestly to OVERHAUL A BROKEN Council majority that includes Larry Kramer, John Taylor & Sam Allevato I am startled by these tactics and the money being spent to retain political power and easy access to our collective wallets.   

The outlandishness of the Mayor’s “clown message” makes this an opportune time to review WHY we “clowns” are spending our weekends meeting neighbors to gather  Recall signatures ….instead of relaxing with our families.


It’s not just because the Allevato majority REFUSES to deliver cheaper less corrosive water to OUR homes.


Or…that they continue to fight a COURT ORDERED roll back of ILLEGAL punitive tiered rates including refunding millions of dollars  in illegal  “recycled” water charges.


Or, because the Mayor’s majority ignores the environmental threat and potential clean-up costs of the salt water intrusion caused by depleting our vital ground water tables.


Or, the fact that all 3 men agree that its OK for San Juan Capistrano residents to pay the entire cost  of a faulty REGIONAL  emergency ground water plant that will serve 3 other OC communities who pay nothing.


Or, even because  Mr. Allevato’s majority knowingly trampled the 1st Amendment when they kicked a local “watchdog” publication, CCS off ALL CITY PROPERTY.


Beyond the obvious water & 1st Amendment grievances...this recall reflects our determination to have done with a political machine that treats our wallets like a piggy bank and our village like a speed bump for their next housing project. This recall is the 1st step towards RE-building a RESIDENT-CENTERED CITY HALL MAJORITY.   A durable new majority that consistently PROTECTS our quality of life and our wallets by figuring out how to curb the cost of local government rather than being beholding to a well-oiled political machine.


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Whiskey Bent January 19, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Tom are you serious? What "important" issue would you like to discuss? The bicycling accomplishment or the "rumored racist?" Everyone knows you're part of Sam's crowed.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 19, 2014 at 08:09 PM
Enough with the talk of retards. Thank you.
Clint Worthington January 19, 2014 at 08:17 PM
Tom Scott, if you had any questions on my cycling accomplishments, all that you had to do was spend three seconds and Google my name and "cycling" and you would have found the beginning of my accomplishments in cycling. To make it easier for you, here is the link: http://ultracycling.com/old/records/northsouthrecords.html Michael Shermer whose record I beat, and who came back and beat my record is the same Dr. Michael Shermer who is frequently on the Discovery and History channel. My accomplishments have been written about on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and The Orange County Register. In addition you can find numerous articles in the Los Angeles Times, The Herald Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle in addition to numerous other local and national newspapers. If you spent anytime researching, you would have also found my accomplishments on Good Morning America. NBC had a fifteen minute feature during prime time on my cycling accomplishments. In addition to setting the World Record, I also cycled across the United States in 1974 at fifteen years old. I cycled solo from Tacoma, Washington to Orange County down the west coast. Cycled from San Francisco to Orange County. Cycled from Phoenix, Az to Orange County. Tom, you stated you wanted validity on the cycling, there it is. Please Tom, please explain to me where the personal gain for the lawsuits filed by the Capistrano Taxpayers association is? Please explain and provide the documentation. I am very surprised at you Tom Scott for throwing me under the bus, when you did not even spend three seconds to do any type of research.
Angus Kevin Mckay January 19, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Sorry Penny I was having too much fun. Mr. Otero and his ancestors whom are one in the same, think we are I was just pointing out the ridiculousness of his claim.
Tom Scott January 19, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Clint, nothing demeaning intended in my query. The implication in the 'clowns' thing was that your cycling accomplishments were exaggerated and what you have shared here shows is was indeed an exceptional accomplishment. Thanks for clarifying that.
Sunshine January 19, 2014 at 08:51 PM
It is disappointing, but not unexpected, that our Mayor and his coulrophobic supporters have spent so much money on a mailing piece that does not address even one issue involving the recall. In fact, there is no mention of a recall at all in their colorful mailer. It is just a personal attack on their fellow San Juan Citizens who disagree with them. So what are we to make of this mailer? The fact that it contained not one word of argument on the issues suggests that it is an example of the fact that when someone has no good arguments, they attack those who oppose them. I would have thought that, having spent this much money on the mailer, there would be at least one paragraph (even a sentence) on the issues. My conclusion: they have none. I am glad those promoting the recall are taking the high road and sticking to the issues.
Angus Kevin Mckay January 19, 2014 at 09:06 PM
So the mayor makes how much? And how much did the mailers cost?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 19, 2014 at 09:08 PM
San Juan Cares, while obviously against the recall, is not Sam's committee. Sam's committee can be found here: http://samallevato.com/
Donna Fleming January 19, 2014 at 09:37 PM
Penny, I have received e-mail from Sam Allevato and return address San Juan Cares. I believe San Juan Cares is his cheer squad.
Angus Kevin Mckay January 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Ferguson runs San Juan Cares. This was covered when discussing the last mailer. Ferguson is on the open space committee.
Clint Worthington January 19, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Tom Scott, thank you for your comment. Now, you also said "lawsuits implying personal gain". Please explain to me exactly where the personal gain is from the lawsuit by the Capistrano Taxpayers Association? If you read the lawsuit, you will find the lawsuit does not ask for any damages. None. If you wish, you can obtain a copy of the lawsuit at Occourts.org and read for yourself. No one in the Capistrano Taxpayers Association received a personal gain from winning that lawsuit. Did the Superior Court award the attorney fees for his services? Absolutely. But no one in the Capistrano Taxpayer Association receives a personal gain from that lawsuit.
Tom Scott January 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM
Sorry, Clint. My reading of the piece was that it IMPLIED personal gain, not that I said there was any. I was wanting to know if any of the individuals who filed the lawsuits benefitted directly. So all of the $422,000 awarded by the judge for CTA went to the legal fees, correct? I wonder what that works out per hour. Thanks for clarifying that, too.
Clint Worthington January 20, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Tom Scott, as you are aware, the Superior Court awarded attorney fees to the Capistrano Taxpayers Association who was the prevailing party. As required, the attorney fees were submitted to the court for approval. However, the Judge on the case, the Honorable Gregory Munoz since he made the ruling back in August has retired. The case has been assigned to approximately three different courts since then for various reasons. When I checked approximately two weeks ago, the court had not made a ruling on the amount to be awarded in attorney fees yet (they may have in the past two weeks, I don't know). No one who filed the lawsuit by the Capistrano Taxpayers Association receives a benefit from the lawsuit.
Angus Kevin Mckay January 20, 2014 at 01:18 AM
Mr. Otero, so I did some research. Actually I found a page that states clearly in a response to you telling you that youre wrong in every way. From the genealogy site you used Link attached : Maria Juliana Thomasa Alanis was her name, as far as I can tell. And, I know her lineage - she was not Indian - at least not from California.I can go back two more generations on her and all of them had surnames. Usually, the lack of a surname, for that period, was an indicator of being an Indian but since her parents and grandparents had surnames, they were not likely considered Indians by the California missions. More research would have to be conducted in the Mexican record if you are curious about the possibility. But, as for what I have seen - there is no indication she was an Indian. Here is a link to the page. http://www.genealogywise.com/m/profile?screenName=32jyjinnbab1b Your family migrated here. Sorry bro. check up on records in Mexico. If you want to find links to the tribe your ancestors may be related to she responds that you should consider the following: she states And by the way, Mutsun, is not part of Esselen Nation. They have their own organization - Amah-Mutsun, for Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. They are not federally recognized. Still think I'm a dummy? That's fine cause right now I feel really bad that you didn't know this already.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 20, 2014 at 06:19 AM
Enough with talking about each other. Please stick to the topic raised by the blog. Thanks!
Tornado Johnson January 20, 2014 at 09:15 AM
This is exactly how misinformation starts. You start bad mouthing things without zero time spent investigating and this is what happens. Poor, poor taste to make fun of someone who has physical challenges. Shame on you.
Angus Kevin Mckay January 20, 2014 at 09:40 AM
How does misinformation start? Who made fun of a person with physical challenges. Shame on who?
Angus Kevin Mckay January 20, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Penny, do you have a link to the mailer? Or a pic?
Tornado Johnson January 20, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Comment by Jim Capistrano where he is going to name his dog "cripple" after Councilman Derek Reeve. Shame on Jim Capistrano.
Angus Kevin Mckay January 20, 2014 at 10:55 AM
sorry tornado I thought you misconstrued my comments thank you for the clarification and I have to agree two wrongs definitely don't seem to make a right in this situation
melissa kaffen January 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Bravo Clint Worthington I had no idea. The funniest part about the "Circus mailer" is how badly it has backfired. Most of the people I talk to are disgusted by it. It has revealed the arrogance and condescension of Sam's Machine and tarnished his "nice guy" image.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM
the mailer http://sanjuancares.org/2014/01/10/bring-on-the-clowns/
Dusty W Otero January 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Agnus please go to my personal website www.smartybelt.com ..and click on mission records,,there is my proof,,,you are right on what u found but I have other sides of my family,,,thanks and actually I shouldnt be a blabber mouyh on a blog like this ,,I get to saying words I shouldnt,,,and I hope the best for both sides of this re-call,,I just want a peaceful valley,like it used to be...so good luck to all thanks
Donna Fleming January 20, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Melissa agreed. Everyone I talk to feels the same way. The flyers produced by San Juan Cares/Allevato (sorry Penny it is his gang and Allevato appointed Ferguson), are seen as tacky and a waste of money. This is dirty politics used to discredit anyone who dares to oppose Sam Allevato. Allevato's plight to hang on to his position as Mayor and head of SJC City Countil is becoming desperate. There seems to be nothing he would not stoop to, to keep his position as leader of Sam's gang. For everything personal hit mentioned on the flyer digging up a past and a residents, there are the 10 real issues that were not mentioned. The water billing; judged illegal, land purchase off La Pata under the guise of open space; maintenance contracts. The 1st ammendment challenged, the city appeal of the water billing judgement, the ground water bond, never purchased. And, now the reversal on a rezoning for the land across from SJH High School to allow for high density development. The City Planners said no, and the real estate developer has three votes promised to him from the SJC city council. The builder plans to build high density housing across from the High School. Hopefully any rezoning goes to a vote so that the city can decide not the city council.
melissa kaffen January 20, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Beware anyone promoting "open space". Remember the $30MM Open Space bond that mostly went for a 130 acre riding park of which 40 acres were already protected as open space. We overpaid by nearly 33% or roughly by $8MM.
Sunshine January 20, 2014 at 07:07 PM
I imagine it will be a three to two vote on those apartments near the high school. Mayor Sam and Larry Taylor and John Williams are the puppets of developers and will vote for the high density buildings. Derek and Roy will probably vote against the developers and for the high school, which, I believe, is the best solution for SJC residents. This is usually how it goes down. When have the three not voted in favor of the developers? Most of them are their "friends".
jim capistrano January 21, 2014 at 03:32 PM
...turn about is fair play....If Reeves thinks it's cute to name his dog Mohammed...I think it's cute to name my dog Cripple...
Whiskey Bent January 21, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Jim you can name your dog anything. However 150 million people are named Muhammad. You're calling all disabled people crippled. Get it?
Gus Gunderson January 21, 2014 at 03:57 PM
The example you are setting for your children, grandchildren and others Jim Capistrano is disgusting. To make fun of someone who is physically challenged is just disgusting. Maybe you should arrive in this century and have respect for people whom must overcome gargantuan obstacles everyday just to live life. I will pray that you or no one in your family shall ever have to endure what a person with physical challenges must endure every day. There is not a category for the type of humor that you have displayed other than gross.
Tornado Johnson January 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM
My research shows Tom Scott the tax returns for the play house that you have employees, but you do not pay payroll taxes. One year does show over $140,000 in Staff Fees, but no payroll taxes. How does that work?


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